First Nations Governance Forum

As Australia's national university, ANU has an obligation to constructively contribute to the discussion of policy reform and processes of significant issues concerning Indigenous Australia. The University seeks to reignite national debate about Australia's First Nations governance models and their contribution to policy. We are in a unique position to facilitate an International Indigenous led discussion on some of the most challenging issues affecting the country with academic rigour. We recognise that the academic expertise on these issues is distributed among universities around Australia and the world and welcome contributions from interested parties.

In 2018 ANU will host the First Nations Governance Forum with a goal to provide a series of policy options relevant to Australia through consideration of models in other colonial settler states that demonstrate Indigenous peoples' leadership in the governance of their affairs.

The Forum will be hosted with the support of Australia's Federal Indigenous parliamentarians, Indigenous leaders, academics, government, leading international policy makers and other interested stakeholders.  The Forum will consider First Nations governance reform in Australia and, share the experiences of Indigenous people in comparable jurisdictions including Aotearoa (New Zealand), Canada, USA and Scandinavian countries. The Forum will build on the extensive work including the Report of the Expert Panel on Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution (2012), the Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015) and the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017).


The forum will be held from Monday 2 - Wednesday 4 July and include a welcome dinner, keynote presentations, a series of high-level panel discussions and workshop sessions.

An expression of interest process will be open in mid May to those interested in participating in the Forum to ensure wide representation. The Forum will also be live streamed for anyone unable to attend.